As soon as you have passed the driving tests and received the driver’s license, most probably you will be starting to look for your first car. But how to choose one? For most users, common sense is not a factor when deciding about the make and model, instead, emotions take over. Youngsters simply want to show off in front of their friends, not thinking about other important factors like fuel consumption, insurance costs, repair and maintenance costs etc. So, the decision must be made carefully, without any needless rush, or you will end up feeling unfortunate with your purchase.
First car for a new driver should be a used one. Ideally – heavily used car. Admittedly, hardly anyone knows how to driver properly, without any damages straight after receiving their driving license. Most of young drivers sin during the first few month, for instance, slightly scratching the side of the auto because not taking a proper look in a mirror beforehand, cracked headlights cause of not noticing a column, small parking space resulting in folded number plates, etc. That is why a new driver’s first car must be such that nobody will have any sorrows for making few dents or couple of scratches.
What are the factors to consider?
- Select a car that has a simple, easy to repair construction. Why? The easier it’s to repair the car, the lower the charges and the more repair shops will be able to perform the work. You won’t have to drive the car across the whole state in order to change the light bulb, for instance. It’s also known that the smaller amount of extras the car has, the less things can break down and fall on your nerves.
- Look for a smaller car. Small cars in contrast to large pickups and SUVs are easier to handle, requires less money for maintenance and service works, and, what’s also important, are easier to park in the city.
- Check whether a car is economical. Less money spent on the car, more money for other things – clothes, education, entertainment, health, sports, food, booze etc.
- Car should have a valid technical inspection. As a result, you will not have to pass many formalities. For the same reason, the best to buy a used car, which already is equipped with a spare wheel, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a jack. You can negotiate with the seller to leave all these things in the car, especially if the seller does not want to drop the price of the car.
- Get the additional equipment and other gadgets such as radio controls on the steering wheel or heated seats. If you are new to this, don’t overspend on this, as you don’t know yet exactly which of the additional options you will use and which not. Get a car that drives and is in fairly good technical condition. You can always get a better car once the driving skills are improved.
- Go for a car that has a tidy cabin without any obvious defects. If you are not a mechanic yourself, don’t know anyone who is a mechanic and could fix your car for a bargain, don’t fall for the claims of the seller that everything is in a perfect condition. Get a car that is in perfect driving condition and does not require any additional investments. Clean and not worn out cabin interior will make the driving experience even more pleasant.
- Try to find such a car, which has shown itself well in Crash tests. Don’t select a too powerful car, as many young drivers fall to a temptation to test the car at a full capacity despite the lack of necessary skills to handle one. Choose a car equipped with a power steering, safety features like ABS and airbags for both the driver and his passengers.
- If possible, choose a FWD (front wheel drive) car. Driving a RWD (rare wheel drive) car or AWD (all-wheel drive) demands much more skills and experience on the roads, especially on slippery and snowy roads.